Education Fund

WCPE Education Fund Grant Application (PDF)

Application Deadline: March 31st

Please submit all grant applications for the WCPE Education Fund to:

WCPE Education Fund
PO Box 828
Wake Forest, NC 27588

or by emailing Dan McHugh

The Classical Station's Education Fund Supports Five Organizations for 2018-2019 Season

WCPE Education Fund

WAKE FOREST, NC (June 12, 2018) – The Classical Station’s Education Fund takes immense pleasure in partnering with non-profit organizations that provide musical education via direct instruction or education-based performances. Following careful review of the grant applications received between January 1 and March 31, 2018, the Education Fund Committee awarded grants totaling nearly $10,000 to five organizations for the 2018-2019 season.

The Durham Medical Orchestra (DMO) is an intergenerational, diverse group of 90+ volunteer musicians, many of whom are educationally or professionally affiliated with Duke Health. As Durham’s Northgate Mall transitions from a retail center to a multi-use community center, DMO will take part in a festival of the arts there in the spring of 2019 with support, in part, from the Education Fund. During the festival, DMO will present a concert aimed at introducing children to the “Magic of Music.” Pre-festival instructional visits to local schools will generate interest and attendance, and DMO will distribute a printed fun and educational booklet about orchestras at the concert.

Kidznotes, also of Durham, focuses on children living in poverty and offers services that include reliable after-school engagement, intensive instrumental and ensemble training, community performances, student leadership and parental engagement. It is their belief that these elements come together to provide children with a tangible layer of protection against the destructive impacts of poverty. Since its beginnings in 2010, Kidznotes has grown from 60 kindergarteners and first-graders to 450 students in K through 9th grades. Grant monies from the Education Fund will help cover the costs of instrument repairs and upkeep, plus the purchase of four new instruments.

Headquartered in Carrboro, North Carolina, Musical Empowerment’s ever-growing footprint currently partners the talents of music students from five universities in North Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and High Point) with children from underserved communities. Two more chapters are planned to launch by the end of 2018, and the program will pair more than 400 students and college student volunteers for lessons, recitals, and other performances. The grant monies will support the Music Mentorship Program – teacher training and support, development of the Musical Empowerment teaching methods, and development of the Musical Empowerment chapter resources.

Since 2012, North Carolina Chamber Music Institute has been the first and only dedicated chamber music education program in Wake County. During the 2017-18 season, the program placed 65 students in 16 small ensembles, including string quartets, piano quartets, and a woodwind quintet. With intense individual and ensemble skill-level lessons, rehearsals, and performances, students can better focus on their own talents and be fully-contributing forces in small ensembles. With their grant from the Education Fund, NCCMI will be able to offer additional need-based/merit scholarships.

Women’s Voices Chorus of Chapel Hill, North Carolinais an auditioned, community-based chorus of 70 sopranos and altos ages 16 to 85 who sing classical, sacred, and secular music. In May 2019, the Chorus will present a concert of choral music reflecting on the history of women's suffrage and the continuing importance of women’s participation in political life. This will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the Chorus will partner with the Capital City Girls Choir (CCGC) and two local high school choruses. A newly-commissioned work commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage will be the centerpiece of the program, and grant monies awarded by the Education Fund will support the production and purchase of the commission sheet music as well as funding professional quality audio and video concert recording to make the program available to a wider audience.

Each of these organizations is dedicated to helping children experience the joy of music by providing accessible, affordable lessons and meaningful performance opportunities. All of this is made possible by WCPE listeners who set aside 10 percent of their gift to fund musical education in our communities.



The Education Fund committee welcomes your recommendations for classical music education opportunities. Tell us which musical nonprofit organizations within your community could use WCPE’s funding. With you acting as our eyes and ears, we will be better able to serve the community. Together, we can make a difference!


From WCPE Education Fund Founder, Tara Lynn:

I am deeply touched by the support we’ve received from our donors for the WCPE Education Fund. Together, we are sending a clear message about the value we place upon music education and the importance of building a stable future for the arts in North Carolina. This summer, WCPE awarded five grants totaling more than $8,000, reaffirming our commitment to increasing access to Classical music education in North Carolina. Grant recipients include North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, Community Music School, Chamber Music Raleigh, and Raleigh Concert Band.

Funding for Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, a strings program now entering its second year, will provide printed music, new instruments, and tuition assistance to students from low-income families and families experiencing financial hardship. North Carolina Chamber Music Institute connects student musicians with top musical coaches in the area. Each student participates in a quartet or quintet, performing several times throughout the year in recitals and outreach concerts. A chamber ensemble will be named in honor of WCPE for the 2015–16 season. This season, a grant to Community Music School of $2,000* will provide professionally taught weekly music lessons for $1 per lesson to children who would not otherwise be able to afford them*. A grant from the WCPE Education Fund will allow the school to provide high-quality music education to more students at this affordable rate. Chamber Music Raleigh, formerly known as the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, will add outreach concerts to its programming in the 2015–16 season, making use of its resident ensemble, Oak City String Quartet, which comprises members of the North Carolina Symphony. A grant from the WCPE Education Fund will support family concerts at various Wake County public library branches targeting young families. Oak City String Quartet will work with students at Community Music School several times on Saturday mornings this season. Finally, a grant to Raleigh Concert Band, a recreational and educational adult ensemble, will purchase music and provide funding for concert venues in the 2015–16 season. To learn more about these grants, visit

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Oak City String Quartet
North Carolina Symphony’s Ovations

In the 2014/15 season, The WCPE Education Fund sponsored the North Carolina Symphony’s Ovations program, providing concert tickets at no cost to nearly two dozen small groups of advanced student musicians in North Carolina. To receive concert tickets, each ensemble performs for a half hour before one of the Symphony’s classical concerts, from 7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. in the lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall. The Ovations program provides a wonderful opportunity to preview musical works as these young musicians are preparing for their concerts and competitions. North Carolina Symphony musicians and the Symphony’s world class guest artists are role models who encourage Ovations participants to reach higher, try harder, and –above all- keep on playing!

Chapel Hill Philharmonia

In the fall of 2014, the WCPE Education Fund help Chapel Hill Philharmonia present a free children's concert, conducted by Chapel Hill music professor Donald Oehler. Chapel Hill Philharmonia is a diverse group of musicians who share a love of classical music. Learn more about the ensemble at

Chapel Hill Philharmonia
Chapel Hill Philharmonia

KidzNotes Classics

Now in its fourth year, Kidznotes is a music program that inspires social change for its students and the community. It engages students pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade in ten hours, weekly, of instrumental instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. The program, which relies on community support and partnerships, is based on the successful El Sistema model pioneered by Venezuelan economist and musician José Antonio Abreu. We’ll be asking several of the students to practice their writing and presentation skills to share some of their favorite works of classical music with our listeners- on the radio! We were able to record material for Kidznotes Classics during the twelve-day Kidznotes Summer Camp this past July. Our WCPE Education Fund provided scholarships for six students to attend camp with a grant of $2,000. Read more about Kidznotes at

Kidznotes Classics aired Monday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 21, at 4:00 p.m. Click here to listen to excerpts from the show!

WCPE is not able to post the entire show due to copyright restrictions, but you may listen to the children’s voices.


WCPE Education Fund

Contributing to the WCPE Education Fund is an option available only to WCPE donors who forgo a thank-you gift and ask, instead, to send ten percent of their contribution back out into our community to fund classical music educational endeavors. WCPE accepts grant applications for projects local nonprofit organizations with an annual March deadline. Over the years we have provided music lessons, masterclasses, concert tickets, sheet music, and much more. Here’s what our most recent grants have accomplished.

  • This fall, we partner with Kidznotes in Durham, North Carolina to bring you special programming for children, by children. Now in its fourth year, Kidznotes is a music program that inspires social change for its students and the community. It engages students pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade in ten hours, weekly, of instrumental instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. The program, which relies on community support and partnerships, is based on the successful El Sistema model pioneered by Venezuelan economist and musician José Antonio Abreu. We’ll be asking several of the students to practice their writing and presentation skills to share some of their favorite works of classical music with our listeners- on the radio! We were able to record material for Kidznotes Classics during the twelve day Kidznotes Summer Camp this past July. Our WCPE Education Fund provided scholarships for six students to attend camp with a grant of $2,000. Watch our website for information about Kidznotes Classics this fall, and read more about Kidznotes at

  • Thanks to financial support in the amount of $1,250 from the WCPE Education Fund, Chapel Hill Philharmonia will be able to provide the community with a special children’s concert on October 26th Chapel Hill music professor Donald Oehler, is a diverse group of musicians who share a love of classical music. We hope you’ll bring the special young people in your life to this event. Details:

  • With its motto Great Futures Start Here, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro ran a successful pilot music program last summer. The program introduced club members to classical music through music theory, history, composition and performance. The children responded so well that the clubs wanted secure funding to continue and expand the program. A grant of $3,000 from the WCPE Education Fund will be used to purchase keyboards and other instruments. The clubs are also seeking donations of additional instruments for use in twice weekly hour-long sessions with the goal of providing private lessons and developing chamber groups or possibly an orchestra. One long term goal of this program is to raise the skills of club members high enough to participate in local classical music organizations, such as the Greensboro Youth Symphony. As this exciting music program continues, we are proud to see children who often come from difficult home environments exploring new ideas, improving their sense of community, and becoming ambassadors for classical music and its positive effects.

  • WCPE is proud to sponsor the North Carolina Symphony’s Ovations program with a grant of $3,000. A valuable educational tool, Ovations is a pre-concert performance opportunity for advanced students and community groups on classical concert nights in Meymandi Concert Hall from 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. This grant will purchase tickets for the performers to experience the North Carolina Symphony for free after their own lobby performance.


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Women’s Voices Chorus and Vivaldi’s Gloria!

Nearly four years ago, WCPE began to offer contributors the opportunity to donate ten percent of their donation to a special fund. The WCPE Education Fund has provided music lessons, summer camps, concert tickets and funding for small local ensembles of all ages.

The WCPE Education Fund recently helped Women's Voices Chorus produce a short educational documentary about a very special performance of Vivaldi's Gloria, which is available for viewing at no cost online, along with the full concert.

Today it’s rare to hear an all-female performance of the Gloria, since not all women’s groups can provide the wide vocal range of the original Ospedale choir’s female tenors and basses. In the “Gloria et Pax” concert, accompanied by a baroque orchestra, the ensemble gave an authentic performance similar to what might have been heard in Venice 300 years ago.

“The WCPE grant helped us produce a documentary about this performance,” states Allan Friedman, D.M.A., Artistic Director of WVC. “We included footage from our rehearsals and concerts as well as interviews with our artistic director and chorus members.”

The documentary and concert are also are available on DVD for a small fee at their online store! Proceeds will cover other expenses incurred in the making of the film.

Watch this documentary:


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Listen to the radio world premiere of three works commissioned for the Philharmonic Association's 25th anniversary season: Please Click Here!

Our recent grant to the Philharmonic Association in their 25th anniversary season covered half the cost of the Living Composers project, allowing four youth orchestras to rehearse with a living composer and premiere his composition. We are honored to share recordings of three of these premieres with you on WCPE on October 15, 2013 at 7 pm. We are so grateful to Craig Brandwynne, Vice President/Producer of Center Sound Records and Associate Audio Professor at the Living Arts College in Raleigh, and Nicholas Bagwell, a recent graduate of Living Arts College, for volunteering time, equipment and expertise to capture and edit the recordings so that we can hear these fine young musicians at their finest! For more information about Living Arts College, please visit, and for more information about Center Sound Records, please visit

Find out what the composers are saying about this special project!

WCPE interview with Dr. Robert Nosow

WCPE interview with Tom Lohr

WCPE interview with Craig Hanemann


The WCPE Education Fund consists of monies raised by donors who have elected to reserve ten percent of a donation to WCPE Radio for educational outreach within the community.

To all WCPE Education Fund contributors: thank you for helping WCPE promote classical music education opportunities in North Carolina. It is humbling to look back at what we have achieved, collectively, since we began this effort in 2010. To date, nearly $20,000 has been invested in classical music education!

“Thank you WCPE for helping me make my mom proud of me.”

— Tahir, age 7, plays percussion through KidzNotes in Durham, NC


“I took my first piano lesson at age 6, my first cello lesson at age 10, and my first horn lesson at age 41.... My membership in the Raleigh Concert Band affords me another opportunity to learn and play in a community organization…. As a long-time member of WCPE, I’d like to thank The Classical Station and its education fund for its grant to the [Raleigh Concert] Band, and for sharing its enthusiasm for and commitment to Great Classical Music.”

— Barb Prillaman, Raleigh Concert Band

“[I]t’s really cool to actually know [the composer’s] thought process when he is listening to this piece of music, exactly how he wants it to go.”
— Sarah, freshman, Triangle Youth Orchestra, Philharmonic Association

This spring, the WCPE Education Fund has supported the Durham Symphony Orchestra’s classical music concerts with a gift of $1,500. With the development of classical music appreciation in mind, Music Director William Henry Curry includes at least one American composer on every concert program (something that has rarely been done in the history of any orchestra!), in addition to popular pieces and familiar favorites. The orchestra presents special family concerts of classical music which often include a performance element (e.g. an African American dance ensemble), and instrument “petting zoo.” We hope the Durham Symphony will continue its engaging programming that is as diverse as Durham’s population…and, above all, keep classical music accessible to all!


As an expression of WCPE's mission, The WCPE Education Fund provides resources for nonprofit organizations that increase access to classical music education within the community.


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The WCPE Education Fund consists of monies raised by generous donors who have elected to reserve ten percent of a donation to WCPE Radio for educational outreach within the community. You, too, can contribute to this effort when you make contribution on our Secure Pledge Page!

The Classical Station is proud to announce a grant of $2,500 to the Philharmonic Association, made possible through the WCPE Education Fund. This grant will support a project providing students in the Association’s Youth Symphony, Youth Orchestra and Youth String Orchestra with new classical works written by North Carolina composers during the Philharmonic Association’s 25th anniversary season. Students will rehearse the newly commissioned works with composers Tom Lohr, Dr. Robert Nosow, Craig Hanemann, and Terry Mizesko before premiering them at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh or the Cary Arts Center. The Philharmonic Association has a history of commissioning new works for its youth orchestras and believes that it is important for the students to perform new music and learn about the process of creating orchestral works.

Funding provided by the WCPE Education Fund will pay for one of four composer honorariums and for the composer’s attendance at one or more youth orchestra rehearsals. We commend the four North Carolina composers who will engage with and inspire these young musicians from different socioeconomic backgrounds. It is the Philharmonic Association’s policy not to turn away a budding musician for whom payment is the only obstacle. Students participating in the orchestra this season will learn about creative expression, discipline and teamwork. Learning music written especially for them will be the experience of a lifetime!

The Education Fund Committee is currently researching options for recording these premieres in hopes of airing them on WCPE Radio. We encourage all WCPE listeners and especially Education Fund contributors to see this grant in action!

Tom Lohr’s Fanfare will be premiered by the Triangle Youth Symphony Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall. Dr Robert Nosow’s work will be premiered by the Triangle Youth Orchestra Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall Craig Hanemann’s Reflections will be premiered by the Triangle Youth String Orchestra on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Cary Arts Center.

The Philharmonic Association plans to schedule the premiere of Terry Mizesko’s new work in the fall on 2013.


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Thank you for choosing to support WCPE’s mission of sharing great classical music in our community through the Education Fund. Your contributions continue to improve the quality of life in our local community.

  1. Eastern Music Festival’s five week long scholarship program allows young musicians to perform in a professional youth orchestra. Each student receives private lessons and coaching from world class musicians whom they also observe in their own professional environment, as they perform with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. The EMF Youth Orchestra also works with the Festival ‘s featured soloists and conductors, who include pianist Awadagin Pratt and conductor JoAnn Falletta this year. $2,500 will provide an opportunity for a young North Carolina musician in need of financial assistance to train in this life changing atmosphere.
  2. Since they began, we have followed the progress of KidzNotes, based on Venezuela’s successful social program called El Sistema. The program provides daily music lessons and regular performance opportunities to at-risk students, building self esteem, musical skill, and sense of community. WCPE helped transport these students to local music camps last summer to retain their skills. This summer, $1,000 provided three full scholarships to KidzNotes’ own summer camp. Complete funding for the camp came from a team of community partners, individual donors and local businesses.
  3. We are proud to announce our first grant to MYCO at Chapel Hill (Mallarme Youth Chamber Orchestra). MYCO serves between 40-70 students from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 11-18. $1,000 will provide scholarships for several students who require assistance to study with top music instructors and to rehearse in a small group setting. The students perform publically several times around the Triangle each semester.
  4. Our final summer grant, a gift of $500 to the Raleigh Concert Band, will cover a portion of the Band’s costs for music and performance venues. This all-volunteer orchestra provides a means for local non-professional musicians to retain or improve their skills. Concerts are designed to please audiences young and old, but RCB goes the extra mile by providing free tickets to many Raleigh Area Seniors to keep them active and to improve their quality of life.

To read more about how the WCPE empowers local nonprofit organizations to share great classical music within our community, visit


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I thought you might enjoy reading about a young woman who is grateful for your contribution to the WCPE Education Fund. Devonna is a seventeen year old violin player. She has been playing ever since she was four and a half years old when her mother brought a violin into their Ohio home and signed Devonna up for lessons through the Cleveland Music Settlement. Devonna and her mother moved to North Carolina just before Devonna’s freshman year in high school- a tough time to start making friends anew. Devonna’s school does not offer music lessons, and the family had limited options, so her mother contacted MYCO — Chapel Hill this summer.

Through MYCO (and her mother’s vigilant commitment to shuttle her to-and-from lessons), Devonna has received private weekly lessons from top instructors associated with major universities in the state since July. Support from the WCPE Education Fund this summer has allowed her to improve her skill tremendously through a workshop that placed her in two chamber groups- a trio and a quintet. Devonna confesses the music was quite challenging, but learning to play in this new setting- with someone playing something completely different right beside her - is an accomplishment that makes her beam with joy.

Juggling her musical commitment with other activities could be frustrating but Devonna is forthright in telling me it’s completely worth it. When asked about her plans for the future, Devonna says wants to work towards a degree in nursing while earning a minor in music. She looks forward to playing in a university orchestra.

Speaking with Devonna, it seemed clear to me that her financial limitations have not affected her desire to make music, to work hard and to help others. Family and community support have provided her with the tools she needs to build confidence and improve her musical skills. Perhaps one day while she checks your blood pressure and notes your remarkable heart health, you will see that twinkle in her eye when you reply, “It must be the classical music.”

Upcoming performances of MYCO-Chapel Hill Students at

Reminder : WCPE bolsters musical education endeavors within the community through grants to established nonprofit organizations. Each donation of fifty dollars or more to The Classical Station is eligible to support the efforts of the WCPE Education Fund. Ten percent of the donation will be added to the WCPE Education Fund at the donor’s request when he/she requests no other “thank you” gift. The entire value of the donation is tax deductible.

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-Tara Lynn


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